Seagulls Topple Borough in hard-fought contest
Williamstown has pulled off a gutsy, seven-point victory over arch rivals Port Melbourne today at Burbank Oval in what can only be described as trying conditions.
Two last quarter goals to Sam Dunell proved to be the difference in the end, with the Seagulls leading goal kicker managing to find the goals when others couldn't in the very breezy conditions.
Williamstown kicked with the strong wind advantage in the final term, and while Port Melbourne had plenty of the football late, they weren't able to combat the strong breeze for long enough to hold the Seagulls at bay.
Port Melbourne took a nine-point lead into the final term after keeping Williamstown scoreless during the third quarter.
But with the wind in their backs, the Seagulls mounted an impressive final term, which included a 70m bomb from Arryn Siposs that helped build the momentum en route to victory.
Midfielder Michael Gibbons was again prominent on the big stage with another monster game in the middle, while Jack Dorgan in just his second game back from a third knee reconstruction, booted two goals.
Ben Bese, also playing in his second game back from a long-term injury, was huge down the stretch laying many big tackles that often prevented the Borough from breaking free from the contest.
Perhaps more promising was the play of the Seagulls younger brigade, particularly Billy Myers and Brett Bewley, who didn't shy away from the tough and uncompromising style of game that developed from the conditions, with both being major catalysts for their team getting over the line.
Williamstown will now look forward to facing another rival, Werribee, when they travel to Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday night.
Williamstown: 8.4 (52)
Port Melbourne: 5.15 (45)
Goals: Dunell 2, Dorgan 2, Conway, Masters, Meese, Siposs.
Best: Dunell, Gibbons, Bese, Bewley, Myers, Jolley.